Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Easter and farewell to Galilee
Today we got all ready. It was Easter, and though it was Sunday, since we are doing our Sabbaths here on Saturday, it was quite weird to do Easter not on Sabbath. But kinda nice. It took a bit longer than is ideal, but we finally got out of there. The first thing we did was have five of us go on a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We had arranged, with the wonderful help of Michael Hansen, to tack on with a tour group, so that it was cheap but it worked out well for us. We had our own little devotional, and then we were part of their lecture as well, and even danced with them. The lake is always incredible to travel on, especially as you stop and talk about the things that happened on it. It was wonderful stuff. Then we finished packing and left the Galilee.
We stopped by Beit Sha’an on the way home. We drove down the Jordan Rift Valley, retracing the route Jesus took on his last trip to Jerusalem. Finally we arrived at home. We left the children to relax for a while, and went to Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations to commemorate Easter. We had some nice time there, and some very nice moments. While there I had the strongest desire to never sin again. I really felt it and really meant it. It would not last long, the next day I would blow it. But at this time I really felt it.
When we got back we had a fun easter egg hunt with the kids. Then we walked up to the olive press and went through how you make olive oil, and talked about the symbolism of Gethsemane (oil press) and how it ties in to the atonement. Powerful stuff. Easter in Jerusalem. There were a thousand things we could have done in this great city, but we can’t do all of them, and I loved what we did.